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Alan Brookes

Skills crisis prompts EC Harris to consider offshoring work

24 Oct 14

Chief executive says consultant could outsource work to fast-developing countries due to UK skills gap

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Construction appointments: 19 September 2014

24 Oct 14

HS2 Ltd, Osborne and Gardiner & Theobald are among the firms announcing promotions and appointments this week


Struggling green firm hits out at failed government policies

23 Oct 14

NWS is the latest Green Deal provider to be stung by slow uptake of the government retrofit schemes

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UN asks RICS to develop global business ‘climate toolkit’

23 Oct 14

Climate Summit in New York asks professional body to help focus on measures for built environment

BBC TV Centre

Mace soars to top spot with £350m BBC TV Centre deal

23 Oct 14

Revamp of iconic studios sees Mace top contractors’ league table, with Kier and Costain also strong performers in September


Lead times July-Sept 2014

Lead times: July-September 2014

20 Oct 14

Although there are only four trades reporting an increase in lead times this quarter, there are 10 trades that anticipate increases in the next six months

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Alan Brookes

Interview: Alan Brookes

24 Oct 14

The UK chief executive of EC Harris on parent company Arcadis’ acquisition of Hyder, and the firm’s own growth ambitions 


Didcot B burning

Image of the week: Inferno

24 Oct 14

Firefighters battle against the flames at Didcot B power station

GEG 2014 image 3

Good Employer Guide 2014: A focus on staff wellbeing

24 Oct 14

Mental health issues can be difficult to detect in the workplace - which means they can also be easy to ignore. But as this year’s guide shows, the best employers are those that are ready and able to heed the warning signs

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Good Employer Guide 2014: Results analysis

24 Oct 14

With recruitment and retention once again critical issues for the industry, here’s how this year’s top 50 employers are luring and keeping hold of key staff


JTI Building

Skin deep: SOM's JTI Building in Geneva

22 Oct 14

SOM’s JTI building in Geneva uses a revolutionary facade that optimises daylight and transparency while meeting tight Swiss regulatory requirements



Hansom: Nothing by halves

24 Oct 14

If you’re building a new HQ, why not divert the canal so it’s nearer to you? Moving a 2.5 tonne sculpture? Get a friendly contractor to shift it. Fundraising for charity? Run up 35 floors of a tower. Doing lunch? Do two

Project news

Levitt Bernstein's Granada Studios plan for the Manchester Grande

Levitt Bernstein to transform Granada Studios into hotel

23 Oct 14

TV studios where Coronation Street was filmed to become an “event hotel”

Wright + Wright Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum seeks fresh funding for revamp

23 Oct 14

£15m scheme by Wright & Wright sweats on decision next spring

Make scheme for Derwent in Charlotte Street

Derwent dusts off £150m Saatchi building revamp

9 Oct 14

Exclusive: Three contractors in the running for Derwent’s redevelopment of the Saatchi & Saatchi office building in central London

240 Blackfriars - incident

Pane of glass falls from London office building

7 Oct 14

Pane of glass falls several stories onto pavement from office construction site, but fortunately no one injured

Theatr Bryn Terfel

Further woe for Miller's problem theatre

7 Oct 14

Opening show at Bangor University theatre cancelled after being pushed back five months

Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant site

Boris gives go-ahead to Mount Pleasant scheme

3 Oct 14

Mayor of London approves controversial development on site currently occupied by Royal Mail sorting office in Farringdon

Sketch of the week

Chatsworth House

Sketch of the week: Chatsworth House

24 Oct 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Paul Holden, director at Peak Architects.


Good Employer Guide 2014

Revealed: Construction's top employers 2014

24 Oct 14

Today we publish our list of the 50 firms that make up the Building Good Employer Guide 2014 and reveal the top five firms picked by the judges for special praise


new houses

Reviewing the Lyons Review

23 Oct 14

The Lyons Review sets out a routemap to the construction of 200,000 homes a year, so what do private housebuilders and affordable housing landlords make of it?


Sarah Richardson

Building on good news

24 Oct 14 | By Sarah Richardson

With positive sector reports published this week, it’s important that the staff are found to support these numbers

Joey Gardiner

Look past the politics to Lyons Review details

24 Oct 14 | By Joey Gardiner

On the face of it, Labour are the first party to produce a comprehensive plan to increase housebuilding 

Sarah Richardson

Good Employer Guide 2014: The good will out

24 Oct 14 | By Sarah Richardson

The 50 firms in this year’s guide lead the sector in terms of benefits, career development and staff satisfaction

Noble Francis

Growth outside of housing

23 Oct 14 | By Noble Francis

The latest CPA/Barbour ABI Construction Index reached 132 in September, 3% higher than in August and 12% higher than one year earlier

Michael Dall

Diagnosing the drop

23 Oct 14 | By Michael Dall

The latest construction output figures show that the industry remains in a relatively healthy position

Peter Hansford

Without stopping for breath

22 Oct 14 | By Peter Hansford

Work on the Government Construction Strategy continues apace, but there’s still lots to do


Curtain walling - Wicona

What to specify: Cladding

21 Oct 14

This week’s cladding products include the refurbishment of a high-rise building at the Darmstadt University in Germany, and wall cladding for a home on the banks of the River Tay

From the archive

National Theatre

This week in 1976

24 Oct 14

Ahead of the official opening of the National Theatre, Building met its architect Denys Lasdun


Steve Williams and MatthewTaylor

Prefabrication: Off-site on your mind

24 Oct 14 | By Steven Williams, Matthew Taylor

Complex projects are increasingly relying on off-site manufacturing to help deliver schemes on time and budget. But a new kind of supply chain creates new kinds of risks

Peter Morse

Performance bonds: Don’t bank on it

24 Oct 14 | By Peter Morse

Bonds have long been established as part of the contracting process. But there may be advantages to sourcing them from insurance providers rather than banks

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